Korea says it will join U.S. aircraft carrier drill November 11-14

Three US aircraft carriers to conduct drills in Asia amid North Korean crisis

The US and South Korea launched military manoeuvres involving three American aircraft carrier strike groups on Saturday in a massive show of force that drew the anger of rival North Korea.

The three carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - are taking part in the four-day joint drill with South Korean Navy warships in the Korean Theater of Operation (KTO) in the East Sea starting Saturday.

Three U.S. aircraft carriers - USS Nimitz, USS Kitty Hawk, and USS John C. Stennis - steam in formation during a 2007 training exercise in the Western Pacific in this photo released by the 7th Fleet.

"The training is aimed at restraining North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations and showing our military's strong willingness to act and military preparedness", the JCS said, quoted in the local press. They will successively enter the exercise area in global waters east of the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and at one point around Monday will operate together.

The war exercises off the tense Korean Peninsula aim to strengthen the alliance's policy of "extended deterrence" against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Tensions have been running high since North Korea test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and flew ballistic missiles over Japan on August 29 and September 15.

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During the joint drill, the two countries will practice air operation and artillery strikes, as well as aircraft carrier escorts to test their ability to jointly carry out operations.

It's the first time since 2007 that three USA carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific.

Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

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South Korea and the United States have repeatedly said THAAD only serves to defend against the growing missile threat from North Korea.

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